Archive | 2014

Uncertainty reigns in new regime for risk, contract management

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

As one of the oil and gas industry’s best-loved terms, “game-changer” ranks near the top of the list, typically signifying development of step-change technology…

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Verification of rig power systems critical in software testing

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, Drilling Rigs & Automation, Innovating While Drilling, September/October

In offshore dynamically positioned (DP) drilling operations, power, thrusters and other systems are below deck and often out of sight…

‘Additional insured’ coverage scope still evolving, still unclear

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, Global and Regional Markets, September/October

While many policyholders may be consoled by the notion that additional insured coverage will be judged from the terms of an underlying service contract…

Good well design helps mitigate solids settling in cuttings re-injection

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, September/October

Attention has been drawn to the practice of cuttings re-injection as an environmentally friendly technique for the drill cuttings and waste disposal…

Human factors: the next safety frontier

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, Features, September/October

The average adult brain weighs only 3 lb and measures just 15 cm long. But an astonishing level of complexity is contained within that belies its physical size…

Nurturing growth in Africa

Posted on 29 August 2014 in 2014, Features, Global and Regional Markets, Onshore Advances, September/October, The Offshore Frontier

Come nightfall, the majority of people in sub-Saharan Africa are left in the dark. Nearly 600 million people – approximately 70% of the sub-Saharan Africa population – are without electricity, according to the World Health Organization and International Energy Agency…

Case study from mining: Image-driven safety campaign removes communication barriers

Posted on 27 August 2014 in Drilling It Safely, News, September/October

In the world of process safety, people, equipment, the environment and reputation are some of industry’s greatest assets, Marlane Kayfes, Senior Technical Writer…

Drilling Ahead: Want good news? Don’t read this column!

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

“It’s not my job to give you good news,” declared spunky Susan Mackenzie, head of the Energy Division of the UK Health & Safety Executive. When Ms Mackenzie began…

Drilling & Completion News

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Departments, July/August

KCA Deutag’s land division has been awarded a contract worth more than $90 million by Russia’s second-largest oil company, Lukoil, for the supply of two arctic cluster…

IADC launches KSA Competencies Program online database

Posted on 10 July 2014 in 2014, Drilling It Safely, IADC: Global Leadership, Global Challenges, July/August

IADC officially kicked off its Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) Competencies Program at IADC World Drilling 2014 in Vienna in June. The goal of the project is to ensure…

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